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Top 10 online courses to develop your international career in 2020

Social Norms, Social Change I (UNICEF)

This online course is offered by the United Nations Children’s Fund in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania. In this course you will explore how UNICEF tackles some of the most pressing contemporary human rights issues including child marriage, gender violence and other harmful practises. The course consists of one theoretical and one action-oriented part, where learners practically apply what they have learnt in the first part.

International Organizations Management (Geneva University)

This course has been specifically designed for those who strive for a purposeful career in an international organization such as the United Nations, OSCE, the European Union or the African Union. The course offers you first-hand insights into the inner workings of international organizations and the challenges they face today.

International Women’s Health and Human Rights (Stanford University)

International Women’s Health and Human Rights is an introductory course offered by Stanford University and taught entirely in English. The course explores human rights issues related to women’s health from childbirth and infancy to old age. The curriculum of the course includes topics such as gender-based violence, HIV/Aids and other health inequalities women are facing today.

Feminism and Social Justice (University of California)

In this course that is offered by University of California Santa Cruz you will learn about feminism as a movement and driver of social change: From the ground-breaking 1951 strikes against the Empire Zinc Company in New Mexico to the global #MeToo Movement. The course is taught entirely in English and takes approximately 10 hours to complete.

The Sustainable Development Goals – A global, transdisciplinary vision for the future (University of Copenhagen)

Adopted by the United Nations in 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 goals with 169 targets that the UN is committed to working towards through the year 2030 with the hope of creating lasting positive change and freedom. This course on the UN SDGs is offered by the Sustainability Science Centre of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Students and workers in a wide variety of fields can benefit from the course’s transdisciplinary approach.

Global Diplomacy: The United Nations in the World (University of London)

Created by the University of London and SOAS, this course offers a well-researched introduction to the United Nations system. You will not only discover important UN themes and key functions of UN bodies but also develop communication and policy-related skills. Together with learners from around the world you will discuss international politics, how the UN responds to crisis and current international affairs.

Children’s Human Rights – An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Geneva University)

In this course learners will analyse critical issues concerning the rights of children from a multidisciplinary approach. The participants of this course will learn more about global strategies and initiatives that have had success in promoting children’s rights and learn more about the mechanisms that protect child rights globally.

International Humanitarian Law in Theory and Practice (Leiden University)

In this course, which is offered by Leiden University, you will learn about the laws that govern war, armed conflict and humanitarian action. Together with your peers you will further investigate how international humanitarian law protects civilians and vulnerable groups against war crimes. The entire course takes 13 hours to complete.

Leading for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education (University of Michigan)

This intermediate level course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to make higher education more inclusive. 20% of the learners who have completed the course reported that they had a tangible career benefit after completing the course or received a pay increase or promotion. Having an advanced understanding of what equity, diversity and inclusion means is crucial in any international career.

International migrations: a global issue (Sciences Po)

This online course offered by the Istitut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris in France takes nine weeks to complete. It aims at addressing the key issues raised by international migration and at assessing the most important trends of tomorrow. The course focuses on a multitude of topics related to migration including Globalization of migration, refugees and environmental displacement, citizenship and migration, borders and global governance.

All courses in this list are available for free. However, you might want to opt-in for a verified certificate offered by the institutions mentioned above for an extra fee. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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